First civilian planes have left Kabul after withdrawal

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About 200 passengers left Kabul on Thursday in the first international flight, which has taken off in the Afghan capital since the US military withdrawal.

“The plane left Kabul on Thursday afternoon and is on its way to Doha in Qatar,” reports the news channel Al Jazeera.

‘Between 100 and 150 of the passengers on board are Americans. The rest of the group comes from other countries, “it says.

»Call it what you will – charter flights or scheduled flights. Everyone has tickets and boarding passes, ”said Qatar’s special envoy in Kabul.

Another commercial plane is scheduled to leave Kabul on Friday.

The US special envoy and former UN ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, is said to have put pressure on the Taliban and thus secured the departures.

The United States and its allies completed the evacuation from Afghanistan on the night of 31 August.

The extensive evacuation included own nationals, other Westerners and not least tens of thousands of Afghans who have worked for them over the past 20 years.

Although tens of thousands of Afghans were flown out of the country, there are still thousands left who have been approved to be evacuated but failed to get to the airport.

The Taliban have promised that they will be allowed to travel safely.

Since August 15, when the militant movement occupied Kabul, more than 123,000 civilians have been evacuated from the Afghan capital.

This was stated by the head of the US Central Command, General Kenneth F. McKenzie, as the last US soldiers had left Afghanistan.

Denmark has evacuated about 1000 people from Afghanistan. These include more than 600 interpreters and other local staff, including their families.

/ ritzau / AFP

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